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BNSF train carrying oil derails in Seattle

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(Reuters) - A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil derailed as it departed a railyard in north Seattle on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of a spill or injury, BNSF said in a statement.


Four railcars came off the tracks at around 2 a.m. PDT (0900 GMT), three of which were carrying crude oil destined for the Anacortes oil refinery owned by Tesoro Corp., 80 miles north of the city.

The derailment, small in comparison to other explosive oil train accidents over the past year, comes a day after the U.S. Department of Transportation issued new safety proposals governing the transport of crude by rail, including updating tank cars to safer specifications.

The rail cars that derailed on Thursday were the CP-1232 model that meet the latest federal safety standards, said BNSF, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway [BRKa.N].

The train is expected to be back on the track later today, BNSF said. The cause of the accident is under investigation.